ITOGON, Benguet – Benguet Caretaker Congressman and Anti-Crime and Terrorism through Community Involvement and Support (ACT-CIS) Party-list Rep. Eric Yap disclosed that some P25 million was included in the budget of the public works department next year for the rebuilding of a school building in the remote village of Dalupirip that was gutted by a fire last August.
Yap, who chairs the powerful House Committee on Appropriations, reported that the funds will be used to rebuild the Lorenzo Fianza National High School Bantic Annex in barangay Dalupirip to ensure the availability of classrooms once face-to-face classes will resume.
He claimed that upon learning of the loss of the school building to fire, he immediately made representations with the education and public works departments to facilitate the sourcing of the funds to replace the burned structure in preparation for the resumption of face-to-face classes.
Congressman Yap expressed his gratitude to education and public works officials for their timely action on his request that paved the way for the inclusion of the required funds in the proposed annual budget of the concerned agency to ensure that the burned structure will be rebuilt to a much better and more spacious one that will cater to the education needs of the enrolled students.
The lawmaker underscored that youth from the remote villages of the province like in Dalupirip should not be deprived of access to basic education for them to have the appropriate foundation that will allow them to acquire a higher level of education in the future for them to become productive citizens of the communities where they belong.
According to him, it is unfortunate that the school building was razed while there were no classes so it is only that it was gutted.
He assured school officials, students, teachers and parents that he will personally follow-up the implementation of the project with the public works department.
Congressman Yap emphasized that one of his priority projects is to ensure there are schools in remote villages of the province so that the youth will have access to quality education as education remains the best inheritance that parents and guardians could give their children for their which cannot be easily taken away from them. By HENT